Essence of Gifting: 15 Holiday Beauty Must-Haves (plus a GIVEAWAY!)

If you’re stuck trying to gift the beauty-obsessed goddess in your life, your bestie, or…anyone who enjoys makeup and beauty products in general, look no further! I’ve sifted through at least a hundred products and decided on 15 faves that you can certainly stuff my stocking with! I’ve used all of these, so they are Essence of Erika approved!

If you’ve been following my #15DaysOfGifting on Instagram, some of these products might already be recognizable to you.

One of the featured products–the Caress Fine Fragrances Gift Set–I have TWO to giveaway! Sweet right?

In order to enter to win, just:

  • Comment on this article, by letting me know what your Twitter and Instagram handles are.
  • Like the Essence of Erika Facebook page if you haven’t already
  • Follow me on Instagram and Twitter if you haven’t already
  • Share this post with your friends on at least one of those social networks!

Be sure to keep an eye on Instagram this weekend because I also have a special present to giveaway from one of my favorite brands, Beauty for Real! I will choose a winner for each prize on December 26, 2015, contest ends at midnight. You must be a resident of the United States in order to win.

OK, drumroll please…

beautyguide1. Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Take Me There Set – 3.08oz – $16.19

2. Studio 10 Brow Lift Perfecting Liner – $28.00

3. Cricket Centrix Heat Boss Brush, 1.5″ – $19.79

4. Caress Fine Fragrances Gift Set – Daily Silk & Sheer Twilight – $9.99

5. Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Edit – $80.00 (this is SOLD OUT at Sephora, so the link for a Net-a-Porter is included)

6. MarulaOil Daily Moisture Mist Leave-In Conditioning Heat Protector – $32.00

7. sara happ® ‘Sparkling Peach’ Gift Set (Limited Edition) – $40.00

8. beautyblender® Pro Sponge Applicator & Cleanser – $33.00

9. Gelish Minis Holiday Colors – Man of the Moment, Life of the Party and All That Glitters Is Gold – $9.99 each (don’t forget your LED lamp, foundation polish and top coat!) More colors are available in the holiday collection. Visit my Instagram to see how I layered Man of the Moment and Life of the Party for a gorgeous holiday look!

10. Hearty Perfect 10-in-1 BB Hair Cream – $19.99

11. NARS Audacious Mascara – $26.00

12. Beauty for Real Light-Up Lip Trio – $49.00 (three different sets available, Trio #6 pictured)

13. Simple Skincare Gift Bag (Moisturizer, Face Wash and Cleansing Wipes) – $16.61

14. Smashbox ‘Full Exposure’ Eye Palette with Primer – $52.00 (this palette is usually $52.00 without the primer!)

15. Beauty for Real Hi-Def Volumizing Mascara – $19.00 (it doesn’t light up anymore, but the brush is 110% better than the old one and I’m basically obsessed…see Instagram!)


Did I miss any of your favorites? Don’t forget to enter the contest! Happy shopping :)



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